Teach Healthy Habits Early to Avoid Disease in Adulthood

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. It doesn’t often appear in children, but it can. That’s why Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington stresses good dental health, with regular checkups and proper dental hygiene, starting at an early age. We recommend a child’s first dental visit […]

The Five Stages of a Cavity

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You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is partially true, but in in this post from Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington we explain how in the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed. Let’s describe the five stages of a cavity. Stage […]

A Root Canal Doesn’t Just Save a Tooth

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When a patient comes into Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington with long-time toothache, they are often desperate. “Just pull it!” They don’t want to suffer the pain any longer. They have written off the tooth and have recognized the reality that they will lose it. Extraction isn’t the only option When a tooth […]

Fixing Chipped Teeth With Bonding

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Your teeth are covered in enamel, a strong outer layer that protects them. But it isn’t indestructable. A little rough-housing at home, an accident on the playing field, or biting something like hard candy or ice, and you’ve got a chipped tooth. If that happens, call us at Stephen T. Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry […]

Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile. Diet Do’s Do eat a nutritious diet with […]

Watch Out For Hidden Sugar

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Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. Plenty of us adults also nibble on too many sweets. Sugar is in a lot of processed food, and at Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we want you to be aware of hidden sugar and its risks to your […]

What Is General Dentistry?

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If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, […]